BYOD, 1:1? A Post from a Frustrated Kid

Posted on September 12, 2014 by Kayla Yoegel

You would think the process for getting on your school’s Wi-Fi would be pretty easy.

Click on the network name. Type in a password that any teacher could tell you, and you’re done. You’re connected to the Internet. You can work on assignments. You can start getting your textbooks on your laptop or tablet. You can do the research that you need for projects and more.

I love asking my dad questions about his job. He told me about the government’s plan to bring Wi-Fi inside of schools. But what good is it if you can’t ask a teacher to help you access it? I’m a ninth grader. I’m a student in a new school. I don’t know the librarian, and I have no idea who, or what, a “technology specialist” is.

But I did it. I got access to the Wi-Fi on my own Surface tablet. Done, right? Not so fast. Sign in. Get to the Internet. Sign in again? Type in my email again? Receive an email from my school district. Print the email. Get it signed by my parents. Bring it back to the technology specialist, or mail it to the school office. Remember, I’m 14 years old!

It’s great that my school district allows me to use my Surface tablet at school. They also gave me a Dell laptop. But why not let me sign in with a username or password and connect to the Internet right away? The way kids do it at home. The way our parents do it at Starbucks.

I understand the security reasons and that immature kids can do inappropriate things on social networks, but before the school year starts, before you start a big technology project, please train your teachers to walk around the room and help students. My teachers wanted to help, but they couldn’t.

Kayla Yoegel is a ninth-grade student, an aspiring writer, and the daughter of Rob Yoegel, Gaggle’s Vice President of Marketing.